Your first look at Mount Si’s first-round football state playoff opponent, Mount Vernon

Good Thursday morning. Now that we have some time to get this done, we bring you your first look at Friday’s WIAA high school 4A football state first-round playoff game between the Mount Si Wildcats and Mount Vernon Bulldogs. The game will take place at Mount Si High School and kick off at 7:00. Fans who are unable to attend the game can also catch the game live on radio or webstream; we’ll have more on that in a moment. First, though, here’s a look at this week’s opponent.

Bulldogs a solid team
Mount Vernon, nicknamed the Bulldogs, is 8-2 this season and comes in as the 13th seed overall in this 4A state playoff field. They are out of the Wesco 4A conference and have been strong all season. They are located in Skagit County, which is well known for solid football; the Northwest Conference 2A league, featuring such schools as Burlington-Edison and Sedro-Woolley, is considered one of the top 2A leagues in the state. Mount Si played Sedro if you remember last year and routed them up in the Skagit Valley.

Mount Vernon’s offense is powered by senior running back Seth Tercero. We had a look at some film on him yesterday, and find him to be a pretty good player that Mount Si will have its hands full with defensively. He’s only had a total of seven carries for 81 yards the past three weeks, but he’s gained over 1,200 yards this season with 17 touchdowns to his credit. He didn’t play in their game with Glacier Peak, which they fell in 30-6. With that in mind, he should have a lot of rest under his belt which will be an advantage for Tercero we expect against a very physical Mount Si defense.

Among the pieces of video we saw on MaxPreps/Hudl was a highlight clip of the MV/GP contest, and there’s a couple of things that stood out to us. First, quarterback Riley Olmsted is the man who will be under center for the Bulldogs. He was 13-25 for 123 yards in that game against the Grizzlies, and last week was 3-8 for 81 yards and a touchdown in their win over the Auburn Mountainview Lions in their week 10 playoff game. He’s thrown for over 1,100 yards this fall with a completion percentage of just over 57%, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. We saw in the clip several instances where he attempted long passes for big plays with receivers, chief among those being junior Carlos Garcia, who has just under 600 yards receiving with nine touchdowns this season leading Mount Vernon’s receiving corps. Olmsted, however, did not connect on those long plays; that being said, though, he has big play potential with his arm, and with the secondary for Mount Si being thin with the absence of Andrew Mostofi, out with a collarbone injury, and the potential absence this week of Brayden Holt, who left last week’s win over Rogers with a knee injury late in that contest, that big play ability could become a factor.

Also of note, we saw instances in which Mount Vernon’s offensive line was overwhelmed a bit by the Glacier Peak defensive line, causing Olmsted to have to rush things a little bit. Expect Mount Si’s defensive line to do the same kind of things to this MV line, so how the Bulldogs respond to the physicality they’ll see from the Wildcats could speak serious volumes, especially if that line and the Mount Si linebacker group led by Daniel Harrison and Murphy McDowell can shut Tercero down.

In all, we believe Mount Vernon will be a formidable team, similar to what the Wildcats saw with Rogers coming in to last weekend’s week 10 playoff game. That said, we’d expect coach Charlie Kinnune to have a similar approach defensively with the Bulldogs as he did with the Rams – get physical with their top skill players and also dominate the line play.

Tomorrow, in our preview and pick, we’ll look at Mount Si.

As noted, this week’s game will be available for a live radio and web broadcast. As you Cedarcrest High School football fans know well, teams up in northwest Washington, in Skagit and Whatcom counties, have enjoyed tremendous radio and web broadcast coverage over the years, with CHS featured in a number of those games and Mount Si’s game with the Cubs last year also getting this same radio treatment. Well, Mount Vernon’s games all season have been broadcast in this fashion, and that will be the case again this week.

KAPS radio, 680AM and 102.1 FM up in the Skagit Valley, and online here, is sending a crew down and will be doing this week’s game. Mount Si fans in northwest Washington will want to tune in or if you’re outside of the region, log on and listen in.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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